Anyone know the last time the Reds swept a doubleheader? They have the chance beginning at 7:05 Eastern time at Nationals Park in the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Nationals. The Reds took the first game 7-1, with Phillip Ervin starring on offense and Anthony DeSclafani pitching well over seven innings.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Matt Harvey 100 5.13 4.53 17.8% 6.1%
Jeremy Hellickson 72.2 3.59 3.95 18.9% 4.4%

Including a June 21 win over the Cubs, Harvey has been on a very impressive streak in the past six weeks. He’s allowed only 16 earned runs in 37.2 innings, or a 3.87 ERA. If you subtract out the one bad start he had against the Pirates when he was lit up, the numbers are even more impressive: 8 earned runs allowed in 34 innings, or a 2.11 ERA.

Harvey said recently that he loves pitching for the Reds, and when the trade deadline passed with him still on the roster, many of his teammates were reportedly high-fiving him. It seems some very positive mutual vibes have developed between Harvey and the Reds players and management. It seems unlikely that a Scott Boras client would accept anything other than the highest offer in the free agent market, which the Reds aren’t likely to make. And frankly, they probably shouldn’t with Harvey’s injury history. But if Harvey can be retained on a contract that would give the Reds some concessions or options, it seems right now like it would be a good move. His remaining starts, however many they may be, will be worth watching closely.

After a pretty strong early part of the season, Hellickson’s performance has dipped in June and July, with an ERA over 5.00 in both months. If that trend continues this evening, the Reds should get some pitches to hit and opportunities to score.

Bullpen

It’s anybody’s guess whether David Hernandez and Michael Lorenzen will be available in game two after pitching an inning apiece in the opener. Keury Mella is probably out of action except for an emergency situation after pitching 4.1 innings in relief Thursday.

All other members of the pen should be ready when called upon in the nightcap, including Austin Brice, who was called up for one day only as the 26th man on the roster for a doubleheader.

Starting Lineups

Reds Nationals
SS Jose Peraza SS Trea Turner
1B Joey Votto LF Juan Soto
3B Eugenio Suarez 3B Anthony Rendon
2B Scooter Gennett RF Bryce Harper
RF Mason Williams 1B Matt Adams
C Tucker Barnhart CF Michael Taylor
LF Preston Tucker C Spencer Kieboom
P Matt Harvey P Jeremy Hellickson
CF Billy Hamilton 2B Wilmer Difo

60 Responses

  1. Jim Walker

    Please tell me the Reds are not committed to a platoon system in the OF which exempts BHam. This was a perfect chance to give the man with a hot bat, Ervin, another start by putting Williams into CF for BHam

    • docproctor

      I don’t understand why Garrett, Brice, and Reyes were up and throwing in the bullpen, yet Hernandez and Lorenzen come in to finish. It was a perfect mop-up opportunity for Reyes or Brice, the latter of whom is up here for that very reason.

    • Jack

      They could have Mike Trout and Billy would start in center. There is no logic in their sorting whatsoever.

  2. Klugo

    I think Harvey is exactly the type of pitcher the Reds will be and should be looking for in the off-season. A guy who’s credentials, whatever they may be, make him relatively affordable, yet an upgrade to what we have. Harvey’s age, injury history, recent relative success would make him a near perfect fit, IMO. Harvey, (good) Bailey, and maybe Wheeler would make a nice 1-3; even if not a dominant 1-3. In another year, Bailey will probably be out of the picture, unless he has some kind of resurgence, creating room for next man up.
    BTW, Ive come a long ways on Harvey. I was one of the flabbergasted when we acquired him. Kudos to DW.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Billy will be a Red for life….the owner said it himself. The other guys have to fight for scraps no matter how they hit? I’m not dealing with this nonsense again next year? They have enough issues be competitive as it is without atleast being able to field their best 9?

    Milwaukee has Orlando Arcia. He’s like Billy….athletic and great fielder but he can’t hit. They sent him down earlier and only called him back because somebody got hurt. Now they’re playing Schoop at SS and he’s always played 2B. Scoring runs matters!

    • roger garrett

      Its just the way it is regarding Billy.He will be right back out there next year taking home over 6 mil and smiling all the way to the bank.

  4. Ethan L

    Harvey is taking valuable innings from prospects like BobSteve and Cody Reed. Why wasn’t he dealt at the deadline?

    • Sliotar

      Keep speaking the truth, Ethan.

      I mentioned on deadline day that the narrative would start shifting to talk of re-signing Harvey and how great this move was. Blah, blah.

      He isn’t a great pitcher now, a shell of the “Dark Knight” that was 4+ WAR in 2015, gutsy in the World Series.

      Harvey is on his last chance. Smartest play for him is to be “good citizen” for the rest of the season and use the Reds as a fallback, should no one else still want a part of him as a free agent.

    • Jeff Reed

      It appears all the Reds were offered was a bag of balls.

  5. Indy Red Man

    Hamilton with the strong throw home to make it close. Thom says “If it wasn’t Taylor running then he would’ve had him”. Yes…but it was and it allowed the hitter to go to 2nd base. Duvall always threw home as well….even when he had about a 5% chance. Sometimes you cut your losses and try to prevent the next run. Its only the 3rd inning? This team is just bad at fundamentals and decision making!

  6. Indy Red Man

    Bad Harvey again? They’ll pay him and let BobSteve go. He’s got “veteran-ness”! I’ve actually liked Harvey somewhat, but his offspeed stuff hasn’t been there lately? I’d rather see BobSteve.

    Anyone know what they’re doing with the 2 guys from Atlanta? Sims sounds interesting and he’s been very good at AAA.

  7. Joel

    Way to go Eugenio! That’s how you show a picture not to mess with you at the plate.

  8. Indy Red Man

    Suarez yard…ho-hum. He’s only on pace for 38 hrs/124 rbis!

  9. Jack

    Terrible call on tucker. That wasn’t a strike.

  10. Bred

    If some FO offered a bag of balls and maybe a batboy for Harvey, perhaps an over pay, the Reds should have taken it. Bob Steve needs to be on the bump for the Redlegs.

  11. BigRedMike

    Another out by Hamilton, at least he is smiling

  12. Bred

    If a FO offered a bag of balls and a batboy for Harvey, perhaps an overpay, the Redlegs should have taken it. Bob Steve needs to be on the bump.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Who calls the pitches on this team? Is it the catcher or Riggleman/Darwin? I just notice time after time that Tucker is setup completely wrong. Disco pitched Rendon away and got a couple of weak flyballs to right….so why is Tucker setting up inside and calling for an inside fastball? Rendon has a short swing and thats tailor made for inside fastballs! Just stupid? I see that all the time with Tucker back there. They’ll be ahead 1-2 or something and he’ll setup for a pitch that feeds right in to the hitters strength? It seems better w/Casili?

  14. Indy Red Man

    Bailey goes Harvey and Harvey goes Bailey. I guess thats good because we’re stuck w/HOmer. Harvey…not so much. Its too bad Harvey has only had that sharp slider that one game at home vs Milw.

    BobSteve and Sims time! Send Romano down and cut Harvey loose if he can’t do better then this?

  15. Jack

    That a boy Tucker. Ump calls him out on a ball off the plate and Harvey hasn’t gotten a close pitch all night. The way Harvey is throwing tonight the Nats dont need any help

    • seat101

      It’s rare for a catcher to get tossed when he’s not in the umpires face. I’ll bet you nobody in the ballpark saw that Tucker turned his head to say something to the ump. I think the camp knew he was wrong

  16. seat101

    By the way, not one person who covers baseball, or plays with him, or plays against him, calls him “Bobsteve”.
    /rant

  17. Indy Red Man

    No Reds fan I know calls Sean Casey a drunken bum….but to each his own.

  18. Wayne nabors

    Matt Adam’s would be a sure fire hall of Famer if he could always face the reds that’s incredible what he does

    • Jack

      Absolutely. There seems to be a lot of Reds killers.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Since the game is so far out of hand (3 runs) Brice comes in to pitch…what could happen?

    • VaRedsFan

      Up by 6, Lorenzen/Hernandez pitch

  20. Indy Red Man

    Brice has been a bum since day 1. He’s never been a good reliever? Never. We need to do better! I’ve had enough tonite.

  21. Jack

    This is what I was saying in the first game. Up by 6 runs and he uses Hernandez and Lorenzen instead of Brice and Reyes. Game is only 5-2 with 4 innings left and he brings in Brice. Arghhh.

    • BigRedMike

      Wonder if Riggelman knew there was a second game today. The bullpen usage today is interesting

      • Jack

        Lol he was showered and on the bus when somebody came to get him.

      • BigRedMike

        Similar to when he quit on the Nationals a few years ago

  22. VaRedsFan

    Three K’s by Votto today….all looking…all fastballs right down the middle or middle-in.

  23. BigRedMike

    What an arm from Gennett

    At least the Reds won the first game

    Harvey has a 4.8 ERA with the Reds. Clearly, the Reds should do whatever is needed to sign him to a long term contract. Truly amazing Cy Young level performance

  24. earmbrister

    Was listening to the start of the game on the car radio. Votto was 0-12 before the game vs Hellickson. His worst 0 fer vs any pitcher EVER. 2 AB later, it’s 0-14. He just took 2 clear strikes as called strikes.
    Joey is lost vs this guy, admitting that this is a somewhat small sample size. Hellickson has a career NL ERA of 4.17 over 4 years.

    Baseball is funny that way.

  25. VaRedsFan

    On the Nats 6th run, another botched relay play. The 1st cutoff man was missed, meaning Scooter had to make the throw home. Nats announcer said Peraza is out too far to receive it. Possibly because he and Tucker, haven’t worked on it. (because Tucker being new).

    They do infield drills every day, but how often are outfield drill done?

  26. Jack

    “Tampa Bay designated Hechavarria this week after watching the 29-year-old offer his usual blend of weak offense and strong defense in 2018. Hechavarria hit just .258/.289/.332 in 237 PAs, but he did total four Defensive Runs Saved in the field. He’s due around $1.9MM for the rest of the season, ” –Mlbtraderumors. Hmm the Reds have one of these guys. They run him out there every night and he doesnt even hit 258! Hell I would take that!

  27. earmbrister

    Why was Bryce Harper replaced in RF?

    • Jack

      Got hit in the knee by Brice and was pulled for a precaution.

      • earmbrister

        Harper came out to RF in the 7th. Did his HBP hamper fielding Williams double to start the inning?

      • Jack

        Yes. It was Brices best pitch of the night.😁

      • VaRedsFan

        The CF’er got there, but for some reason didn’t make the play. Bryce took himself out of the game.

      • earmbrister

        Thanks VA and Jack. Tough being a Reds fan in CT.

  28. Jack

    Lead off double and Riggleman didn’t bunt him over? Who stole our coach?

  29. VaRedsFan

    Retaliate HBP…Votto is not happy.

    • roger garrett

      They did him a favor.He has watched strikes all night long.

  30. VaRedsFan

    I’ve seen Reyes pitch to 4 batters, and can already tell he is better than than Brice. Who needs scouts, when I can do this from my sofa.

    • earmbrister

      Jesus, I could have told you that!

  31. WVRedlegs

    Reds pitchers better put a bullseye on Soto or Rendon tomorrow. Better be 98mph Castillo fastball right between the numbers on his back.
    It was pretty obvious that hitting Votto was ordered by Dave Martinez.